Johnnie was raised in a small city outside of Philadelphia, called Chester, where he is currently based today. He is a storyteller and a self taught photographer and videographer with a B.B.A. in Human Resources Administration and Risk Management & Insurance from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Johnnie founded and serves as Artistic Director of Staticc Art & Life, LLC, an arts company with the mission “delivering beauty to the world.” He, also, currently serves as Mobilization Director for Counter Narrative Project.
As an activist, Johnnie has been involved in HIV and civil rights advocacy for as long as he can remember. During his college years he trained with the American Red Cross in HIV education, and did outreach work for the Chester AIDS Coalition.
Today, he stands proudly as a Black gay man and artist who tries new things with each project. It’s his vision to tell Black gay men’s fullest, most honest story.
"So often I find that our stories are stilted or watered down and often lack emotional complexity and variety. I see my work as continuing the work of Marlon Riggs, Essex Hemphill, Rotimi Fani-Kayode and Gordon Parks. Filmmaking, words and photography are all important to my work. I am always searching for a new way to communicate what’s happening. I am committed to telling the story behind the story - our fullness, our emotion."